Arsenal v Manchester City

AP     Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Arsenal go into a Premier League season without Arsene Wenger for the first time since 1996.

Another problem area is the left-back slot.

The Gabon worldwide has been impressive in the pre-season so he will likely start today's match.

Pep Guardiola was delighted that Manchester City came through a hard opening day at Arsenal with a victory after being without so many of his players during the preseason.

Arsenal are an unknown quantity going into the new campaign, something which should excite and also intrigue fans. On this evidence, Emery also has lots of work to do to ensure the Gunners have a robust-enough defence to challenge seriously for the top four. Emery has confirmed his return to full training this week, and with a good pre-season under his belt, Ramsey could be donning the armband against the champions.

Guardiola's side might become more technical at the back this season, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones seemingly his first-choice combination, with the more rugged Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi back-ups.

Emery was reported to only have £50 million to play with prior to this summer's transfer window opening.

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Guardiola took time to settle too, but he answered his critics last season and his team's performance in the Community Shield suggested that they are raring to go once more.

City have great depth, though, and the Gunners could be in for a hard afternoon as they try to welcome their new era in with a win on Sunday.

It is expected that the former Sampdoria midfielder will start alongside Aaron Ramsey at the base of Arsenal's 4-2-3-1 formation.

The right back wasn't at his best last season and the Arsenal supporters hope that Stephan Lichtsteiner replaces him from the starting eleven but we don't expect Unai Emery to start the veteran right back in such an important match like this.

He has returned to training this week but it's unclear as to whether he'll start the match or be among the substitutes. Mendy is expected to start against the Gunners.

An injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a significant blow, especially with Sead Kolasinac already sidelined.

City impressed in last weekend's 2-0 Community Shield victory against Chelsea and could welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from that group after they were given extra time off following Russian Federation.

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